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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,823 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,823
Reviews: 2,614
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 295
Gots: 713 | FT: 4
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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of bulletrain76
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl bottle from systembolaget. Pale yellow with a crystal clear body if you pour it right. Champagne carbonation trails and a big white head that leaves a lasting layer of foam. Very pilsener like aroma, with saaz and pale malt, but an amazing tart citrus and pear character blends in too. Fruity sweet and tart all the same, with yeast and alcohol following. Elegant hop balance keeps it from being cloying. The body is suprisingly light and delicate for a beer this strong. I'm suprised at how easily it goes down. Very enjoyable and displays plenty of unique character compared to other belgians I've had.

Photo of bcdees47
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is pale gold in color with a good deal of bubbles in the glass and a thick, white, foamy head. Smells of cirtrus, and has a somewhat champagne-like quality on the palate, very clean, somewhat citrusy, warming alcohol on the back of the tongue. Very drinkable even at a moderately high ABV.

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the classic, stubby 11.2oz Duvel glass into my new Duvel tulip (got it in a Duvel gift set!)

A: Holy $&%@! Huge, billowy, bubbly, thick white head, literally half the glass is head (just like you see in publicity photos on their website and e-store). Best head I've ever had... literally. Lots of lacing clings to the side of the glass in web-like patches. This beer looks gorgeous.

S: Hugely sweet, spicy Belgian aroma - so decadent; faint fruit esters of juicy apple, pear, fresh-squeezed lemon; cloves, maybe some cinnamon and nutmeg; malt profile includes a hint of sweet, freshly baked bread, honey and toasted caramel/brown sugar. Fairly complex nose.

T: Apple and pear esters up front lead a burst of sweetness that is followed by a chorus of toasted malts and spicy-sweet cloves. Slightly peppery alcohol punch follows the malt background into the finish, which lingers on the tongue in the form of a slightly stale, yeasty bread flavor. The Belgian yeast flavor is also noticeable in the finish - slightly funky, peppery, but pleasant.

M: Medium carbonation; not as strong as other Belgian beers I have tried, but enough to give a slightly crisp edge.

D: 8.5% ABV, but as the Alstrom brothers note, the alcohol is devilishly powerful, and you don't realize it until its too late. Its presence is realized in the peppery flavors, but it doesn't grip you until the end of the bottle, and by then, its kicking your ass.

Wow. Last time I had a Duvel was roughly 6-8 months ago, and I don't remember it being this flavorful. Maybe my tastes have changes? Maybe I had a bad bottle then? I'm not sure, but what I know for certain now is that this is a killer brew and deservedly one of the best Belgians on the market. Bravo. Would definitely recommend and look forward to drinking the remaining three bottles.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Fantastic two inch pillowy white head. Straw-gold color with slight turbidity. Laces very well and great retention on the head.

S- Apples, some light citrusy notes, some pear maybe? Bready malt there too. Some clove comes through after it has sat for a bit.

T- I like this... delicious blend of light fruit--apples, pears, lemons. Followed up with cloves and Belgian spiciness. Finishes with a nice alcohol punch. Malt really only comes in with the aftertaste, which is pleasant.

M- Well carbonated, light-medium bodied, with a dry finish.

D- Great. This is a great Belgian brew.

Photo of connecticutpoet
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Julio's Liquors.

I don't know why, but somehow I thought this would be hazy. Instead, I got a clear, yellow beer with a one finger white head on top. Quite impressive, even in the sample glass.

Aroma was of bready malt and apples. Not sweet, like an apple cake. Quite pleasant.

Taste was of subdued bready malt, slightly bitter, with a smoky taste. A big surprise, given the aroma, but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel was nicely carbonated, refreshing without being weighted down by the higher ABV. It was well masked.

I willl revisit this one again, probably when I have a Belgian night with some friends.

Photo of callmescraps
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that started it all for me, so I thought it would be appropriate for review #100.

Appearance - Just about perfect. It's got a nice golden/straw color. The head is legendary. A foamy, soapy, rock of a stark white head. Like a giant soft pillow. The most incredible head of any beer, ever constructed. The lacing is great, as are the millions of tiny bubbles grooving their way up the sides.

Smell - Funky phenoms. Some real spice, but lots of that strange/wonderful medicine smell. A little lemon citrus, a little hint of clove. So sharp and crisp on the nose. Lovely.

Taste - Yum. Sweet bread, lots of spice, balanced by the citrus on the follow. Really nice tartness, green apples. Nice estery yeast action. Just a great taste.

Mouthfeel - One of my favorites. Lots of nice carbonation but somehow it isn't "gassy". It feels sharp and crisp in the mouth.

Drinkability - Very good. Goes down very smoothly for the amount of booze. Downright dangerous if you ask me.

One of my all-time favorite beers. I feel almost silly not giving this all-5's, as it pretty much is the definition of its' style. Just a great beer, and one I don't have nearly enough.

Photo of gameface23
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So carbonated that the cork popped out without me touching it and shot 30 feet in the air. Poured a straw yellow with a very large head. The smell is peppery, yeasty, a lemony. The taste has some peppery spice to it, with a very clean mouthfeel. Extremely bright carbonation. Drinkability is exceptional for an 8.50% beer.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Frothy two finger head with tons of staying power, and I poured it gentle. Bright gold color with plenty of effervesence.

S- Spicy/lemony hops with some estery yeast notes and a background hint of grainy malt.

T- Although the grainy malt sweetness is present it is very much in the background. The esters and noble hops work wonders together as neither one drowns out the other. Subtlely complex throughout with some peppery alcohol in the finish.

M- Light and well carbonated.

D- It's easy to forget the 8.5% on this one.

Worthy of it's following, and being the standard by which all other strong pales are measured against. I don't know if I'd say it was the best, but it's sure up there.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Quite pale and golden. Very nice white head and lacing.

S: Good smell of Belgian yeast a long with the tiniest bit of sourness and a little bit of dry sweetness.

T: Some hops with a good dose of Belgian yeast and pale malts. Slight sweetness and a tad bit of spice.

M: Very crisp. Fairly light mouthfeel, with a small alcohol bite.

D: Exceedingly drinkable--this will be a standby during the summer months.

Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml squat bottle, into a Duvel chalice, at a pool hall, no less!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, very pale straw colour, with lots and lots and lots (and lots) of thick, puffy meringue-like white head, that takes forever and a day to melt away, to a little puff of creamy iceberg-like foam floating dead center in the glass.

It smells of soft, feathery bready pilsener malt, a bit of overripe lemon, sugary pineapple, duly restrained earthy yeast, and floral, somewhat zesty hops. The taste is grainy pale malt - strongly hay-oriented - a touch of artisanal white bread, lemon and sour orange rind, apple skins, crackling yeast, pithy coriander, and somewhat phenolic warming alcohol.

The carbonation is quite obviously on the high side, but in a lighter, effervescent sort of manner, in that the bubbles are much finer than yer usual deal. The body has a decent medium-heavy weight for the style, and is much smoother than it has any right being from the outset. It finishes off-dry, the semi-sweet bready malt, baker's yeast, and boozed-up fruit salad notes doing the honours.

A progenitor of the style, for very good reason. Once past the aggravating opening theatrics, everything just goes so very smoothly for such an alcoholic pale ale, so much so that one might inadvisably be inclined to make a night of this. I would suggest looking up the name's literal meaning before deciding on such a course of action.

Photo of RuudJH
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A true masterpiece of brewing; it's brewed on a large scale, and available allmost everywhere, and it's relatively low priced (at least where i live), yet it holds the depth and quality of excellent micro brewing.

A: Pale golden, straw colour. Carefully poured in a wide glass it's very clear, and witness the beautifull bubbling. This beer foams like there's no tomorrow, and the head lasts, thick and fluffy. Beautifull.
S: fresh hops, bread and fruits. A bit of spice, cloves actually, and a lot of floral notes.
T: A good hop taste, with fresh yeast and citrus-fruits, malts, maybe even some pepper.
F: The loads of bubbles are refreshing, and the finish is long and gives a warm feeling. Brilliant.
D: The alcohol is allmost completely masked by the wide range of flavours.

When i first tasted it in the 80s, I was defenately impressed with it, and I still am today.

Photo of jcpaulun
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review since joining BA and I could think of no better beer to start with.

A: Poured from a bottle into an authentic Duvel tulip. The beer pours a beautiful golden straw color with a huge head. The carbonation nucleation point on the glass forms a nice column of bubbles to maintain the head. Lacing on the glass is fantastic.

S: Subtle yeast with hints of malt. I also detect sweet fruit notes, apples and pears.

T: Very much similar to the nose. Some yeast with a candy fruit backbone. Absolutely delicious. It is crisp with a dry finish.

M: The carbonation is the thing that really is apparent in this beer. It is very upfront and reminds me of champange.

D: Very drinkable considering the relatively high ABV. The carbonation practically begs you to have another sip. I won't consider this a session beer, but I definately would have a second after the first.

All in all, this is one of my favorite beers. There is not too much I can say that has not already been said about it. I may just have to have one now.

Photo of holycrapamoly
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't really have anything negative to say about this beer. It is my Ale of choice.
Visually it is a beautifully crystal clear light golden yellow that pours what I can only describe as a perfect two finger thick head of pure creamy white foam. Excellent lacing on the glass.
The smell is subtle. Maybe a little sweet fruit, but doesn't reveal as much to me until it is paired with the taste.
The alcohol, yeast and hops are arranged to give a very crisp taste. Not at all overpowering. Extremely drinkable.
I haven't found another I like as well. My affinity for this one has earned me the "fancy beer guy" moniker from sweet Anna at Miller's. (Yes, I figured she deserves props.)

Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pour is a light golden. crisp clear with a magnificent tight white head. smell of straw, a mild belgian sugar cane, and apples. palate is simple with a wonderful carbonation. a light floral astringent, crisp straw malt, apples, lemon, mint that tingles on the middle of the tongue, and a dry pepper with mid bitter. one of crispest for the alcohol content which is well hidden.

Photo of Psilo707
3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seeing this getting a solid A, I was excited to try this one out, especially since it shares a shelf with Chimay at my liquor store.

Appears very light and fluffy with a bright yellow hue to it. Head is extremely thick and lacing sticky. Smell is sort of mediocre.. no real distinctly good aroma to it.

Tastes very cheerful and a slight bit fruity. The aroma when drinking it is not too pleasant though and leads to a lessened taste for me. Mouthfeel is decent and creamy, and drinkability is high.

Overall, not nearly as good as I expected, and I like Chimay much better. But still a decent Belgian Pale Ale.

Photo of jacobseyb
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A=Clear and golden with an ample bright white head

S=Appealing, fruity with some malty hints

T=Fruity, hints of yeast and malts, enjoyable balance

M=very nice, carbonation tickles, light dryness

D=easy to enjoy the 750ml, possibly even two, any more might be a stretch

Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent golden blond with a humongous rocky head. Lace like a bubble bath!

The aroma is of yeast, tart fruits, and some alcohol.

The carbonation makes it feel big and foamy in the mouth. Tastes of malts with some hops. An apple skin flavor adds a drying quality, and the alcohol adds a pleasant kick.

It's easy to see why this is such a classic. It's exceptional all-around.

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks very light, and pretty clear. Its a light golden color, and has a very cloudy, soapy head that hangs around. The smell is very floral and sweet, and has a sweet, yeast smell to it. The taste is light and sweet. It finishes somewhat dry, but the hops arent' overpowering by any means. Generally a light, sweet beer, that hides the alcohol oh so well. The mouthfeel is nice, it goes down very easy. like I said, it is a very drinkable beer, and hides the alcohol very well. I love this style, and this is a great example. I don't know how I could suggest any modifications to this. It is a great example of a Belgian strong golden ale.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a four pack of this from my local liquor store. Poured one of the stubby 11.2 oz bottles into a glass. A light, pillowy two finger head formed at the top with good retention. The foam creates a lacings after each sip. The brew was a straw yellow to golden color. Aroma is filled with sweet fruity notes. There is also a touch of yeasty smell, that balances well with the sweetness. The flavor is explosive, with fruit flavor coming upfront. Green apple is the taste that comes to mind when I sip this. The yeast is also here, giving a slight sour taste near the end of each sip. Mouthfeel is very crisp from the intense carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. The only thing to stop me from drinking a lot of these is that the alcohol sneaks up on you, as it is hidden well.

Overall, a simply great beer. The best I have had of its style and just simply delicious. A must try.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single bottle into a tulip style glass, fairly fresh bottle also.

A- Bright golden that has some yellow highlights here and there. A steady pour yielded over an inch of fluffy white foam that kept rising, over the rim of the glass actually. some lace and nice looking.

S- A lot of Belgian yeast with some spices in the mix. Not the boldest scents coming from this which is surprising. Some faint fruit off in the distance.

T- Improves upon the smell with more fruits coming through including banana and some apple and pears working well with each other. Belgian yeast blast through with some light hops sneaking through. Some freshly squeezed lemon thrown in as well.

M- A large step below medium bodied with a ton of carbonation which you can tell is there just by looking at it while it is heavy on the tounge. With some warming Duvel gets smoother and is easier to pick up on the tastes.

D- I was not blown away by this but Duvel certainly is worthy of it's place within this style, of which I buy a lot of replica's of which do not compare. A bit high in alcohol which is O.K. by me but a tad to much carbonation.

Photo of meatmallet
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellow with a huge white head. Lots of carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom.

Smell: Spices, Belgian yeast, honey, and grain.

Taste: Seems a bit sour to me. I have had this bottle for a few months and I hope it didnt go bad. I have had this before and I will buy a new bottle and edit this review.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Carbonation is high and the body is medium.

Photo of roscoehnj
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with an unmatched billowy cumulus cloud head into my duvel tulip. Pinprick bubbles rise much like a fine champagne.

Doughy yeast on the nose with hints of orange and bananas.

Tastes slighly sweet (but not too) woth lots of different fruit tastes to baffle the toungue. Beautiful mouthfeel with the right amont of carbonation and zing. The ultimate belgian pale for a reason.

Photo of Yimosan
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle onto my Duvel branded tulip glass.

A: Hazy golden in color, with a snow white thick and foamy head. Nice lacing from the neck of my glass all the way to the bottom.

S: Citrus, sweet pineapple, and very faint nutmeg.

T: Initally you get sweet malt, then a citrusy Belgian wit tangyness hits your back palate in a really nice way. The alcohol is well hidden, which makes this a dangerous proposition.

D: Definitely, smooth mouthfeel and flavor, but it sneaks a punch here and there to remind you what you're drinking.

This was the first Belgian beer I ever had many many years ago, while visiting a friend in Brussels, and it not only became one of my favorites beers, but it made me curious about other Belgian styles.

Photo of projectflam86
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured ever so carefully into a snifter. Beautiful golden color with the most massive marshmallow/meringue foam I have ever seen. Lots of sticky lacing all the way down.

S- A yeasty malt nose with spices and some citrus scents. Sweet with a bit of alcohol.

T- Lots of spice and malt upfront. There are some sweet citrus ester tastes in the middle. Finishes with crisp clean bitterness of floral hops and alcohol grains. Light yeast flavors throughout.

M- Light and crisp with an enormous amount of carbonation.

D- Really nice brew that is highly drinkable (watch that ABV).

Photo of yemenmocha
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Pours beautiful bright light golden, transparent, with large bubbled white head that slowly dissipates into nice, thick dollops.

Nose is full of ripe, light fruits such as green apples, and maybe white grapes. There's a hint of vinegar too.

Palate offers Champagne like qualities of high carbonation, glorious ripe fruits, and a touch of esters. There's a touch of lemon-lime soda to it, almost like a cross between Sprite and a decent Champagne. Finish is somewhat sweet.

Spectacular beer!

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,823 ratings.